Issue 143 | 5 July 2022This week, communities in NSW are yet again facing challenges caused by extreme weather and flooding, which is impacting homes, businesses, and roads across the state.I’d like the thank everyone in the heavy vehicle industry for prioritising safety as conditions on the network continue to change. Please remember to plan your journey, be cautious and patient on the roads, and as always – if it’s flooded, forget it.The recent weather events have reinforced how essential it is to have a safe and efficient heavy vehicle network across the country. We remain focused on transitioning the heavy vehicle regulatory functions from Transport for NSW to the NHVR, ready for 1 August. The level of engagement at staff onboarding sessions has been excellent and I am excited for this milestone step towards becoming a single, national, and consistent regulator.To help us achieve this goal, we continue to work closely with safety advocates, industry and government. I would like to welcome Catherine King as Federal Infrastructure and Transport Minister and Carol Brown as Assistant Infrastructure and Transport Minister, and I look forward to working together to deliver a safe and productive heavy vehicle industry.We’ve also been liaising with industry on the barriers and opportunities of low emission vehicles and future fuel technologies to improve heavy vehicle safety and productivity. I was pleased to attend the National Bus Industry Summit in Canberra last week to discuss the challenges facing the sector, including the transition to zero emission buses and coaches. This financial year our Vehicle Safety and Performance unit will investigate how to remove the regulatory barriers limiting the uptake of safer modern heavy vehicles.Stay safe.Sal, CEOTake our industry safety surveyWe want to hear from you about how you implement safety in your business and what has changed since our last industry safety survey. This is the third survey. Previous results have helped shape enhancements to the NHVR’s 9 Step SMS Roadmap.NHVR Manager Safety Policy Amanda Capper said the NHVR Industry Safety Survey 2022 seeks to gain an understanding of how participants in the heavy vehicle industry are managing their safety responsibilities.“This an opportunity for the NHVR to look at safety systems across the heavy vehicle industry. We will use survey results to focus our future support for industry through information, education and safety initiatives,” Amanda said.“Your feedback will also allow the NHVR to assess awareness and use of the NHVR’s Safety Management System guidance materials and heavy vehicle safety technologies.“We are keen to hear from as many people in the heavy vehicle industry as possible, including subcontractors, schedulers and drivers.”The survey should take less than 15 minutes. Please click here to have your say.If it’s flooded, forget itThe NHVR is urging all heavy vehicle operators to take steps to ensure safe travel when operating in and around areas affected by heavy rainfall and flooding.Follow these simple steps when accessing flood-affected areas:1. Check the local road conditions through state road manager websites. A list of websites with the latest information about road conditions can be found here.2. If travelling in an affected area, check with local emergency services or recovery operations.3. Ensure your vehicle is able to travel on the existing network. If you’re travelling outside of these networks, you may need to obtain a permit through the NHVR Portal or call 13 NHVR (13 64 87) for assistance. Avoid using back tracks or off-network roads to get around road closures.For more information visit www.nhvr.gov.au/news/floodingOperator to spend more than $54,000 on mass education initiativesThe NHVR has accepted an enforceable undertaking (EU) from equipment rental hire company Pacific Hire Wangaratta, in response to a severe mass breach.NHVR Director of Prosecutions Belinda Hughes said Pacific Hire Wangaratta would make significant changes to their operations to prevent a recurrence.“Pacific Hire Wangaratta has committed more than $54,000 towards education initiatives to rectify its safety breaches – a considerable investment that could not have been achieved through a court fine,” Ms Hughes said.“It demonstrates the company’s commitment to educate, train and raise awareness in complying with the Heavy Vehicle National law.”Under the EU, the company must deliver a load restraint driver training handbook, which will be made available to industry as a downloadable resource.Staff will receive training on load restraint requirements and the safe stowing of high-risk equipment, which includes Elevated Work Platform, forklift, and yellow card requirements.Biannual safety management system audits and reviews will be conducted with senior management, and monthly toolbox meetings, transport procedures and processes will be discussed with staff.Failures to comply with the EU can lead to a person or entity being prosecuted.To read more about the enforceable undertaking visit: https://www.nhvr.gov.au/law-policies/enforceable-undertakingsNational Road Train Notice incorporates Burke Development and Ootann roads accessConditional access for Type 2 road trains along the Burke Development Road, Mungana and Ootann Road, Almaden has now been now included in the National Class 2 Road Train Authorisation Notice 2022 (No.2)If you’re travelling this route under this Notice, you must comply with the Queensland special conditions in the ‘Network and Mapping’ section of the National Class 2 Road Train Authorisation Notice 2022 Operator's Guide.These conditions include specific requirements relating to warning lights, call point contact systems, dedusting, speed limits and separation distances.The Queensland Class 2 Road Train (Burke Development Road) Authorisation Notice 2017 (No. 1) has expired and will not be reviewed.National PBS High Productivity Notice released in NSWOperators of eligible Performance Based Standards (PBS) vehicles can now access key freight routes in New South Wales under the National Class 2 Performance Based Standards (High Productivity) Authorisation Notice 2022.The Notice replaces thousands of permits, saving administrative time and cost for industry and government.The new network supports access for higher productivity PBS vehicles to travel under notice on more than 15,000km of New South Wales state roads, including vital routes for freight – the Hume and Newell highways and the Sydney Motorway network.The following vehicle types are eligible to travel under the Notice:PBS level 2B tandem dolly A-doubles3 designs of Tier 3 PBS 2B A-doubles at up to 85.0 tonnes (HML)Tier 3 PBS Level 1 Quad Axle semi-trailers (up to 20m in length), meeting or exceeding the minimum axle spacing requirements on the PBS Level 1 HML state road network at 50.5 tonnesTier 3 PBS 2B Quad Axle B-doubles up to 77.5 tonnes (HML)20m PBS Level 2 Truck and Dog combinations and B-doubles respectively up to 57.5 tonnes on the Great Western Highway between Emu Plains and Marrangaroo.The Notice was first published in November last year for Victorian networks. One of the biggest benefits for operators is that there are shared vehicle templates between New South Wales and Victoria.You can find the new networks on the NSW Performance Based Standards interactive maps and see these vehicle templates in the Operator's Guide here.Consider a career with the NHVRWe value staff with a genuine belief in the work they do and the benefit it will bring.www.nhvr.gov.au/careersConnect with us on social media Having troubles viewing this email? Please click here to view online.Get in touch13 NHVR (13 64 87)www.nhvr.gov.au Enjoying On The Road?Forward this email to share with a friend or click here to subscribe another address.
Issue 142 | 22 June 2022Supporting a diverse range of customers from across the heavy vehicle industry and explaining a set of laws, which can sometimes be complex, is challenging for any organisation.This engagement often happens at the roadside as NHVR officers work with drivers to explain safety and compliance issues face to face. It also occurs over the phone, via email and on social media and that’s why we are proud to have recently received the International Customer Service Standard certification through the Customer Service Institute of Australia.This recognises our commitment to working with customers and all road users to achieve positive safety and productivity outcomes.And more recently we’ve sought to reach even more customers in the heavy vehicle industry by adding a number of support features to our website.These features not only translate important regulatory information into more than one hundred languages, but also support other customers who might have a learning difficulty, visual impairment or other reading challenges.To gain a better understanding of your requirements under the Heavy Vehicle National Law visit www.nhvr.gov.auJanelle van de Velde, A/CEOWebsite feature to support needs and diversityThe NHVR has recently added a number of accessibility and language features to our website, to continue to support the diverse range of customers from across the industry.NHVR Corporate Affairs Executive Director Michelle Tayler said the support is important for the one-in-five Australians who encounter barriers when online due to having a disability, learning difficulty, visual impairment, or speak English as a second language.“You can activate this support by clicking on the ‘Accessibility tools’ button in the top-right corner of the NHVR website,” Michelle said. “This will add the Recite Me toolbar to the top of the site.“The toolbar includes a wide range of features such as translation into more than 100 languages, text-to-speech functionality, reading aids, and styling options including adjustments to colour, font type, and size.“Accessibility is extremely important to us, and we’re committed to ensuring we help everyone online to view content in a way that works best for them.”> Try out this free service at www.nhvr.gov.auFees, work diaries and HVNL fines to increase from 1 JulyNHVR access permit fees will increase by $2 and the cost of a National Driver Work Diary will increase by $1 (from $25 to $26) from Friday, 1 July 2022. Fees will also increase for National Heavy Vehicle Accreditation Scheme modules. These increases are in line with CPI.Heavy Vehicle National Law penalties and fines will also increase in line with CPI.> Click here for the new NHVR fee schedule> Click here for the new HVNL penalty and fine scheduleProhibited requests and contracts examined in latest Regulatory AdviceThe NHVR’s latest Regulatory Advice explains the risks of engaging in requests and contracts that are prohibited under the Heavy Vehicle National Law (HVNL).The advice is essential reading for anyone who can directly or indirectly influence a heavy vehicle driver or a party in the Chain of Responsibility (CoR) regarding speed, fatigue and work and rest hours.If you manage, employ or have any influence over the transport activity of another party, it is your responsibility to adhere to the HVNL which prohibits: “requesting, directing, or contracting in a way that would cause or encourage a driver to breach fatigue requirements or speed limits or that would result in another party in the Chain of Responsibility (CoR) causing a driver to breach fatigue requirements or speed limits.”Examples are provided to illustrate how this situation may apply to you and tips and resources are provided to help you prevent, control and manage the risks of engaging in a request or contract with a heavy vehicle driver or other transport and logistics provider.> Click here to read the new regulatory advice on ‘Prohibited requests and contracts under the HVNL’> Find more regulatory advice from the NHVR.Device agnostic for Q by QuallogiThe NHVR has approved additional devices to support regulatory Electronic Work Diaries for Q by Quallogi.These approvals further expanded the range of mobile devices that drivers could use with EWD software and potentially allow more drivers to use their existing mobile device as EWDs.Drivers are still required to ensure they are using an approved EWD to record their work and rest hours.> For the full list or providers and products, visit www.nhvr.gov.au/ewdRegister now for NHVR Portal webinarsJoin us for our next round of NHVR Portal webinars, where you’ll learn more about the NHVR Accreditation Module, how to better manage your Portal account, and some useful tips to plan your route. You can register for each session below.Managing your Portal account28 June 1pm AESTLearn how to set up, make changes and manage users on your account. Register hereLet's talk Accreditation29 June 1pm AESTThis session will cover most common accreditation related questions. Register herePlanning your route5 July 1pm AESTLive demo of route planning with useful tips and things that will save you time.Register hereCity of Playford joins Ag NoticeThe City of Playford in South Australia is now participating in the National Class 1 Agricultural Vehicle and Combination Mass and Dimension Exemption Notice, giving ag operators greater permit-free access within this local government area.A big thanks to the City of Playford for working with us to bring about this great outcome. 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Issue 141 | 8 June 2022I am proud to announce the NHVR has received International Customer Service Standard certification through the Customer Service Institute of Australia.This certification recognises our commitment to building and maintaining strong working relationships with our customers, to achieve positive safety and productivity outcomes for our industry and all road users.The NHVR has released the Livestock Mass, Dimension and Loading Arrangements discussion paper for consultation, to reduce the regulatory burden on heavy vehicles operations across the farming and agricultural sector.The paper discusses strategies to streamline cross-border transport, including last mile access improvements on local government roads.In other welcomed news, the Hubfleet Electronic Work Diary can now be used across any compatible mobile technology, enabling drivers to seamlessly enter work and rest hours using multiple devices, such as a smartphone or tablet.Sal, CEONHVR substantially expands access to EWDsElectronic Work Diaries (EWDs) are now available on more devices with the NHVR approving the first ‘device agnostic’ EWD – Hubfleet EWD – and approving Smart eDriver by Step Global for use on specific Apple devices.NHVR’s Fatigue Specialist Andreas Blahous said the approvals further expanded the range of mobile devices that drivers could use with EWD software and potentially allowed more drivers to use their existing mobile device as EWDs.“We have approved the Hubfleet EWD software for use on any mobile electronic device, so long as that device meets a range of minimum specifications and outputs. Smart eDriver 2.0 by Step Global can also be used on the Apple iPhone 8 and the 6th Generation Apple iPad,” Andreas said.“In the past 18 months seven EWD providers have had EWDs approved by the NHVR, ready to be sold commercially and utilised legally by heavy vehicle drivers in place of Written Work Diaries.“We expect this to continue to grow, making it easier for providers to add more devices and reducing the cost on operators and drivers.”Drivers are still required to ensure they are using an approved EWD to record their work and rest hours. For the full list or providers and products, visit www.nhvr.gov.au/ewdNHVR seeks industry feedback with livestock discussion paperThe NHVR has released a Livestock Mass, Dimension and Loading Arrangements discussion paper which provides the first stage of our review of state-based heavy vehicle livestock loading arrangements.The livestock industry is subject to a variety of national, state and territory transport and non-transport laws, including laws around fatigue, vehicle standards, vehicle speed limits and licensing, in addition to animal welfare.It also has its own unique challenges – including vehicle mass, dimension and load limits, the movement of live animals, and vehicle safety and compliance.The discussion paper provides an opportunity for industry, government and other interested stakeholders to provide their feedback on current livestock arrangements and what options are available for reforming livestock transport access.Your feedback is important and will help improve safety, productivity and efficiency for the livestock transportation industry.Click here to have your say on the NHVR’s review of livestock mass, dimension and loading arrangements.Advice on risks of submitting false or misleading informationThe NHVR has released a Regulatory Advice to assist operators to understand the information they are required to submit to officials under the Heavy Vehicle National Law (HVNL).Under the HVNL anyone who works in the heavy vehicle industry must provide accurate and truthful information about their transport activities.Submitting verbal or written information to the NHVR or other officials that is false or misleading – either knowingly or recklessly – is an offence and subject to prosecution.The easy-to-follow guidelines explain the HVNL requirements and provides useful examples to illustrate, for example, what happens if a driver falsifies their work diary or provides false vehicle mass limits to a loader.Click here to read the new regulatory advice on ‘Providing false or misleading information to the NHVR’Or click here for more regulatory advice from the NHVR.Joint operation to target waste load complianceA joint South Australian operation with the Environment Protection Authority (EPA) and the NHVR was carried out educate waste transporters about the need to restrain all loads.EPA Investigations Manager Stephen Barry said Safety and Compliance officers performed heavy vehicle on road compliance and enforcement activities expiations of $192 sent to eight operators.“Waste escaping from trucks can cause can create a hazard for other drivers and a litter problem on public roads, and it can also end up in stormwater or waterways,” Stephen said.NHVR Director of Southern Region Operations Paul Simionato said it was important owner-operators understood their safety and regulatory obligations when transporting waste.“Companies have a legal duty to ensure every load is secured adequately and they provide appropriate scheduling for drivers in order to maintain safety on our roads,” he said.> Read the full article from EPA SA hereNSW public holiday conditions for agricultural vehiclesThe National Class 1 Agricultural Vehicle and Combination Mass and Dimension Exemption Notice Operator's Guide was updated recently to include a new piloting requirement in NSW Zone 3 and Zone 5.Operators should note that any agricultural vehicle or combination operating under the Notice outside of Zone 1 (Zone 3 and zone 5), that is wider than 3.2m and/or longer than 22m may only operate during a public holiday period if they are accompanied by (at a minimum) a pilot vehicle, unless travelling a distance of up to 500 metres between paddocks adjoining public roads.Note: The new pilot requirement doesn’t exempt the agricultural vehicle or combination operating under the Notice from more restrictive Notice requirements, such as the requirement for two pilots or escorts due to a dimension or road condition.> Click here for more information and see “Conditions”New commitment to work together on truck safetyIndustry body TruckSafe and the NHVR will work together to improve road safety for all Australian truck drivers.NHVR CEO Sal Petroccitto said the two organisations were working together to investigate common auditing approaches to help industry and inform the development of a national auditing standard being as part of the Heavy Vehicle National Law Review.“It is important for the NHVR and industry to collaborate on safety and productivity improvements,” Sal said.“Together with industry, we hope to progress a safer, more productive heavy vehicle industry, while reducing the regulatory burden.”TruckSafe Chair, Paul Fellows said it was a welcome and logical move.“Ultimately TruckSafe and the NHVR have the same aim for a safe industry,” he said.“We’re hoping to start with driver health because our industry’s most important asset is our drivers.”Consider a career with the NHVRWe value staff with a genuine belief in the work 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Issue 140 | 25 May 2022In exciting news, the transition of heavy vehicle safety and regulatory services from Transport for NSW (TfNSW) to the NHVR will occur from 1 August.This is a significant milestone as NSW is one of the largest jurisdictions. I look forward to welcoming the 340 staff who will join us from TfNSW as we continue to build a single, consistent regulator for industry. Some of the services that will be delivered by the NHVR in NSW include roadside enforcement, investigations, prosecutions, and scheduled heavy vehicle inspections currently provided by Transport for NSW.We’ve been working closely with the NSW Government over the past 18 months to ensure the NHVR will be able to maintain or improve both the standard of transitioning services and also heavy vehicle safety standards in NSW and support the work we are doing across other states.Road safety continues to be a top priority, and one life lost on our roads is one too many. I was delighted to see so many people get involved National Road Safety Week earlier this month. I’d urge you not to keep the road safety momentum and encourage you to get involved with Fatality Free Friday this week.Be the change you want to see on the road and do your part to keep everyone safe.Sal, CEONational body to regulate heavy vehicles in NSW from 1 AugustHeavy vehicle safety services across NSW will have a new home from 1 August with the transition of key regulatory functions from Transport for NSW to the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR).From 1 August roadside enforcement, investigations, prosecutions, and scheduled heavy vehicle inspections currently provided by Transport for NSW, will be some of the services transferring to the NHVR, along with 340 Transport for NSW staff who currently support the industry.“This transition is another step in reducing the impact of state borders on the movement of freight across Australia,” Sal said.“In particular we’ll be working with our staff to ensure a more consistent approach to compliance and enforcement regardless of where you’re intercepted.”> Read more about the NSW transitionTasmanian farmers invited to give feedback on Industry Code of PracticeThe NHVR is seeking public feedback on the draft Tasmanian Agricultural and Horticultural Industry Code of Practice.Recognising that farming is more than just an occupation but a way of life with its own unique challenges and pressures, this Code highlights the specific hazards and risks around heavy vehicle use within Tasmania’s farming industry – including fatigue, overloading and loss of load – and suggests ways to eliminate or minimise those risks.The Code was sponsored by the Tasmanian Farmers and Graziers Association with funding from the Tasmanian Government and assistance from the NHVR.If you’re an agricultural or horticultural business or operator, we encourage you to have your say. Your feedback ensures the CoP is relevant and useful to your industry.Read the draft Tasmanian Agricultural and Horticultural Industry Code of Practice and find out how to submit your feedback.Feedback should be provided to the NHVR by no later than Friday, 10 June 2022.Regulatory Advice highlights the safety risks of undertrained workersIn their latest regulatory advice for those with a legal duty in the Chain of Responsibility (CoR), the NHVR addresses the risks associated with workers who are insufficiently trained to do their job.If you are a party in the CoR – and if you are not sure, check out this list of 10 functions which make you a CoR party – you must ensure drivers and other workers who interact with heavy vehicles are appropriately skilled.Undertrained workers pose a serious safety risk to themselves, their co-workers and the general public. Incidents that occur due to inadequate training can also result in significant reputational damage to your business.Taking steps to manage these risks is not only critical to ensuring the safety of your heavy vehicle transport activities, it’s also a requirement under the Heavy Vehicle National Law.Read the regulatory advice on managing the risks of undertrained workers.Get more guidance about CoR roles and responsibilities by exploring more regulatory advice here.Joining and maintaining the NHVAS – audit requirementsHeavy vehicle operators can apply for the National Heavy Vehicle Accreditation Scheme (NHVAS) to be recognised for their robust safety systems and receive safety and productivity benefits.Operators require a valid audit to certify that there is a safety management system in place, and they meet the required NHVAS standards.A Compliance Audit Application (CAA) must be submitted to the NHVR at least 28 days prior to an audit being conducted.The CAA must include the following:Booked audit dateAddress where the audit will be undertakenDetails of the NHVAS Approved Auditor (please ensure you have contracted the nominated auditor prior to completing the application)An application to maintain accreditation can be submitted up to six months prior, but no later than one month before the accreditation expires. The Heavy Vehicle National Law does not permit an expired accreditation to be given an extension.NHVAS applications are submitted through the NHVR Portal. For questions or help, call us on 13 NHVR or email us firstname.lastname@example.org with ‘Attn NHVAS’ in the email subject line.Roadside for road safetyIt was great to have drivers stop in for a chat with our Stakeholder Engagement team across Victoria, NSW, Queensland and SA last week as part of National Road Safety Week.The team were roadside to hear from drivers about issues they face and how the NHVR can help.Send us your #truckshotDo you have photos of your truck you want to share with the industry? To be featured, send us a message on our Facebook page. Make sure you’re following the page to see other #truckshot photos shared too.Photo supplied by Charlie A.Consider a career with the NHVRWe value staff with a genuine belief in the work they do and the benefit it will bring.www.nhvr.gov.au/careersConnect with us on social media Having troubles viewing this email? Please click here to view online.Get in touch13 NHVR (13 64 87)www.nhvr.gov.au
Issue 139 | 10 May 2022With National Road Safety Week kicking off this Sunday, we are reminding all road users of their responsibility to ensure everyone goes to work and arrives home safely.During the Week, our staff will be out on the road chatting to drivers and industry, to help answer any safety and heavy vehicle related questions. I also encourage you to join me in participating in a R U OK? In Trucks and Sheds workplace event on 17 May, the link provided here gives you access to a wide of range of tools and resources for your event.It is timely that during National Road Safety Week, the NHVR will be joining industry and the states in a Heavy Vehicle National Law Review workshop to help pursue improved law reforms, including importantly delivering safer and more flexible fatigue outcomes. This will be the second workshop facilitated by the independent adviser to the Review, with a report outlining the outcomes due to ministers in the next few months.I am proud to announce the release of the latest season of OzHelp Health in Gear’s Share The Load podcast, which details drivers’ stories on how they look after their mind and body.Be sure to be following our Facebook page during the week where we will be encouraging everyone to pledge to drive so others survive.Sal, CEOHeavy vehicle safety focus for National Road Safety WeekThe NHVR is urging all road users to take care around heavy vehicles, ahead of the 2022 National Road Safety Week.NHVR CEO Sal Petroccitto said National Road Safety Week was also a timely reminder for truck drivers to make sure they were operating safety.“To support National Road Safety Week, our staff will be out and about across the country, so no matter which major freight route you’re travelling on, drop in for a chat,” Sal said.> Find out more about National Road Safety WeekRoadside info sessions for National Road Safety WeekTo support National Road Safety Week, the NHVR’s Stakeholder Engagement team will host truck driver information sessions on Thursday 19 May across major freight routes in Victoria, NSW, Queensland and SA.In response to customer feedback, the NHVR is committed to meeting more truck drivers in person, on the road. For these events, drivers are encouraged to drop in for a chat, discuss any issues they face and find out how the NHVR can help.> Click here for the full event detailsNew season of heavy vehicle podcast helps industry Share The LoadThe OzHelp Foundation’s (OzHelp) Health in Gear program has launched their second season of the Share The Load podcast in preparation for National Road Safety Week.NHVR CEO Sal Petroccitto congratulated OzHelp on the podcast’s second season, which features truck drivers’ stories on the health and wellbeing issues they face.“Heavy vehicle operators and drivers, like everyone, need tools and resources to maintain their mental and physical health and stay safe on our roads,” Sal said.“National Road Safety Week provides an important opportunity to shine a light on the importance of road safety and reflect on the role we all play in making roads safer for everyone.” OzHelp CEO Darren Black said episodes don’t shy away from the difficult topics such as depression and alcohol and drug use.“By creating a safe and open dialogue, we better connect with our audience and provide health and wellbeing advice that will keep our roads safe, and our industry moving,” Darren said.> Find out more about the second season of the Share The Load podcastNominations open for local government bridge and culvert assessmentsLocal councils are encouraged to submit their applications for funded bridge and culvert engineering assessments through the NHVR’s Strategic Local Government Asset Assessment Project (SLGAAP).The SLGAAP is designed to support local governments in better understanding their asset capability and heavy vehicle access decisions.“For this intake of nominations, we’ll provide assessments of local government road assets along key freight routes that deliver whole of network journey outcomes,” Sal said.“Each assessment includes an engineering report that enables road managers to better understand their asset’s true heavy vehicle capability, to help make informed decisions on network access.”Nominations close Wednesday 8 June 2022.To find out more about the selection criteria and how to nominate visit https://nhvr.engagementhub.com.au/page/nominations-now-openHeavy Vehicle Toolbox TalksThe National Road Safety Partnership Program will release monthly evidence-based Toolbox Talks (TBT) designed specifically for the heavy vehicle sector.The first TBT is on Driver Distraction, with a digital resources pack to assist managers to lead a discussion on the dangers of mobile phone use when while driving, to a group of employees within the organisation.Future topics include fatigue, habits and complacency, pre-start checks, loading/unloading heavy vehicles, driver empowerment, and managing anger behind the wheel.The TBT project is funded by the NHVR’s Heavy Vehicle Safety Initiative, supported by the Federal Government.> Find out more about NRSPP’s heavy vehicle Toolbox TalksRegulatory Advice explores the safety risks of time slot bookingsThe latest in a series of regulatory advice from the NHVR addresses the risks of tight delivery schedules and pick-up times in the heavy vehicle industry.The demand on drivers and other workers to meet stringent time slot requirements may result in pressures to make up time, which can result in driving while fatigued, breaking speed limits, or the rushed loading or unloading of vehicles. These behaviours can result in serious health and safety hazards.This guidance from the national regulator clearly defines who has a duty to manage these safety risks in the Chain of Responsibility (CoR) and offers advice on control measures and strategies to mitigate those risks.Read the new regulatory advice on ‘Managing the risks of time slot bookings’The NHVR’s regulatory advice pieces are helping the industry to better understand CoR laws and how best to manage the safety risks and hazards of heavy vehicle transport activities.View more regulatory advice from the NHVR here.Don’t forget to register for your free Fatigue Choices consultationThe next round of our Fatigue Choices program is open to operators who wish to learn more about flexible fatigue management options for their business.The program includes free, one-on-one consultations where operators can discuss their fatigue management options with a member of the NHVR’s Fatigue and Human Factors team.The sessions are conducted online, take less than an hour, and there’s nothing operators need to do to prepare.Sessions book out quickly, so please register your interest here.Consider a career with the NHVRWe value staff with a genuine belief in the work they do and the benefit it will bring.www.nhvr.gov.au/careersConnect with us on social media Having troubles viewing this email? 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